the fading of light and love

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We enter the back of a sublimely bare church, the void of prayers sated only by a rich wash of morning light.  Soothing acoustic plucks guide a white dress through satisfyingly simple, narrative movement.  Intimate perspectives drift over pews, peeking their way down into a dreamy scene.  The videographic rendering of indie rocker Rob Drabkin‘s Stay (The Morning Light Fades) is refreshingly elegant.

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Featuring clean choreography by Amanda Copple of Denver’s Michelle Latimer Dance Company, the music video is indulgently fluid in all of its facets.  Copple, partnered by charming fellow MLDC dancer Luke Kamppila, weaves the melody into each step, chords rolling over shoulders like a third dancer, visible only through the expression of its creator.  As our trio of dancers spill out from the pews of Colorado Springs’ Shove Chapel, we follow their “catch and release” love story, desperate movements shadowing the beauty and pain of an endangered relationship.  Copple and Kamppila float in and out of each others arms, the discord in their energies demonstrated by opposing directional focuses and out of sync turns.  They swim through the open air into feathery lifts and gentle connections, then combust into an irreparable dissonance.  Director Dillon Novak reflects on the result of a “once in a lifetime” videoshoot, offering,

 “Partitions of stained glass and countless rows of outstretching pews and columns become the physical bounds of a relationship. Beginning in the back of the sanctuary, a history of love unfolds into a dance. Their story travels through radiant light and crushing darkness, fighting their way towards the front of the church.”

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The composer and musician Rob Drabkin himself, who chose the video’s venue not for any religious or nuptial semblance but for the pure enchantment of its natural light and stained-glass windows, sheds perhaps the most insightful light on the collaboration.  Drabkin’s soulful singing reflects his own experience with the ache and relief which shadow the ultimate expiring of a faded relationship.  Stay‘s delicate chord progressions materialized as movement in Drabkin’s mind from the moment he conceived them, and when the song was complete, a need for choreographic accompaniment became impossible to ignore.  “It was time to take a risk and put the idea into motion.”  And we’re so glad you did, Mr. Drabkin.

Catch the full music video on vevo.

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the bells of notre dame

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After all the farmer’s market fun Sunday morning, Tegan and I decided to use the rainy weather to our advantage and check out the inside of one of the world’s most famous cathedrals: Notre Dame.  Remembering this venue as one of my favorite sights during my last trip to Paris, I was really excited to finally head back inside, this time knowing full well the beauty I was about to observe…or so I thought.  For a church that has stood mighty and unwavering for 850 years (this year is the exact anniversary!) somehow Notre Dame grew even more stunning than the last time I saw it 5 years ago.  I mean, could those stained-glass windows be any more gorgeous?  Gazing up at each complex surface of the church, it’s impossible not to take note of each architectural intricacy.  Every inch of this building was so well-planned, so premeditated and designed.  Created in a way that does not exist in the contemporary world.  When you’re walking down the halls of Notre Dame, there is an overwhelming sense of purpose in the aesthetic of every window pane, archway, and chandelier.  And to think it was all built before the days of cranes and fork lifts…just amazing.  I will definitely be heading back to Notre Dame to climb to the top and check out the famous bell tower up close and personal before the end of my stay here in Paris…stay tuned!